Thanks for the compliment.Great update, that was a very feasible transition from an almost secured peace to a Dutch-Portuguese war. Is the previous accord with the French and the general parties involved in the negotiations conclusive? IE Spain, Britain, France, etc. leaving warfare behind for the moment while the remaining conflict becomes a strictly Portuguese-Dutch affair where negotiations will be done strictly between the two powers involved? Or is there potential for another mediation occurring that sees other powers trying to get at pieces of the Dutch Empire once Portugal wins? ( )
The Portuguese went into the negotiations with such high hopes. They had accomplished much and been able to defeat France in Indian Ocean and draw in Atlantic. Such feat for small country was undoubtedly a huge morale boost and great accomplishment.
The Nantes negotiations primarily dealt with American issue and even then no resolution was forthcoming. The Spanish while exhausted were not ready to admit defeat in regards to Gibraltar. The American colonists were not willing to accept a curtailing of their right to expand westward. The British were not ready to admit defeat and French still wanted England to suffer more. The Dutch while no great ally of an independent US also wanted to see England suffer but more importantly was worried about Portuguese ascension and wanted it to back down. So you have a recipe for only half peace commitments.
As for the Dutch war we start posting tomorrow. Don’t want to ruin the anticipation.